Saturday, November 10, 2018

Yuletide

It's that time of year again. 



My little Christmas trees are back and listed in my Etsy shop. Orders taken here





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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Ancestors

You have nothing to teach and everything to learn. 
You are an artist and the flowers want to bloom near you. 
Your ancestors use you to speak.
-- John Patrick Shanley


 Self-portrait with birds.







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Monday, October 29, 2018

Art bundle

 My first art bundle is up in my Etsy shop. You can see it here.

I'm offering 9 small pieces of original art in acrylic, watercolour and collage. Free shipping to Canada and the U.S.

SOLD. Thank you.





 Thank you for dropping by!



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Friday, October 12, 2018

New listings

 In between photographing artwork for my art bundles, I made these mini art quilts, now available in my Etsy shop.







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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pug with art bundles

 Bella went home last night.

This is her "What ARE you doing?" look.


 Apart from taking her photo, I've been sorting my works on paper - there is a lot of it. This pile is only about 15% of what I have. It all has to go somewhere. The not-so-good stuff has been thrown out or cut up for other projects.

My idea is to create art bundles, 4-6 artworks and list them in my Etsy shop for *sale* prices.




  
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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Fun with cats and dogs

Rufus


Watercolour/6x8 inches. Available in my Etsy shop 


 The Cat. 
4x6 inches, gouache and acrylic. 
Will be available in my Etsy shop shortly.







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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Miss Bella

I am boarding this bundle of joy for the next five days.


I don't normally board dogs, I walk them. But Bella belongs to a good friend of mine, and I know my friends' dogs, so I don't mind boarding them. Also she's keeping me fit!

Tomorrow she's getting a special treat because... it's my birthday.



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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

All buttoned up

I have a box of buttons I tried to give away but no one wanted them.


 So I sifted through them, and made this on a 4x6-inch piece of plywood.






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Thursday, September 20, 2018

I've made one piece in three days, but one is better than none, a little practice is better than no practice, so I'm thinking this is an improvement!

 

I have a good excuse, though. I'm going through piles of paperwork and shredding what is no longer needed. I have tax returns and related paperwork going back to 1990, so you can imagine how much there is and how long it's taking. Of course, the shredder had to break in the middle of it all, so I tried shredding by hand. That didn't last long. Out of exasperation, I filled the sink with water and dumped the papers in it. Left them to soak for a few hours, then put on rubber gloves and squeezed the water out (pretending I doing laundry by hand). The paper fell apart as I twisted the water out of it and ended up looking like cottage cheese. It's one way to destroy personal information!


 



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Sunday, September 16, 2018

My energy has been low; the heat and humidity don't help, and I'm thinking getting older also has something to do with it. I don't work as much as I used to and it worries me when I go a full week without making anything.

So, when I get a burst of energy, I take advantage of it. I wanted to practise some abstract and semi-abstract ideas.

I painted this entirely with a small sponge because I wanted to see how it would feel and what it would look like.


 Blowing in the wind

Rear window



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Friday, September 07, 2018

Faces

 I like drawing and painting faces. It occurred to me that the 8x10" mixed media art boards are the perfect substrate and size for faces (for me). I sketched this in the afternoon, put down some paint, then had to go and take care of a few things. Last night, as I was watching TV, I got up and went to work on it.


 L’été meurtier, acrylic on art board, 8x10 in. // 20.3 x 25.4 cm







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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Two paintings and an article

In the last couple of days, I finished an article for Somerset Studio and made two paintings. After a couple of slow months, my energy is returning.

The paintings are done on a new (to me) product - Canson Mixed Media Art Boards. They come in a pad of 10 boards and measure 8 x 10 inches.


Watercolour
 
Acrylic




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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Small is good

I like creating small items, maybe because of instant gratification but also because of the portability.








I made a pouch out of kozuke paper (it's a very sturdy Japanese paper), stamped and stitched it. It's perfect for keeping small supplies in it along with needle and thread, thimble and mini scissors.









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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Indigenous Canadian art

 Yesterday I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the Tunirrusiangit exhibition. It was gorgeous and extremely well done. Several galleries were filled with the works of Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak and her son Tim Pitsiulak.

This work, The Enchanted Owl, is by Kenojuak Ashevak, stonecut on paper, 1960.










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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

 I wonder what was going through the sculptor's mind....

Abbey of Sainte Foy (France), c. 1050


Source unknown.









Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Monday, July 23, 2018

Start your engine

I couldn't get started. So I cut a large piece from a roll of paper, took a big brush and some paint, and smooshed it around. It was very freeing.



 Then I made a small piece using a charcoal pencil. 




 It got me started and I had a productive day.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Strawberries

Strawberries from Quebec. They are luscious and very sweet. I was happy to see them in my local market. They give Ontario strawberries a run for their money.








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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I'm having a "yard sale" in my apartment. It's astounding to see how many supplies I've accumulated over the years. Much of them aren't being used anymore, so I've giving away stuff as well as selling at yard sale prices.

I didn't want to part with my antique doll parts, so I made this for a friend. Making a tiny pin cushion with a doll leg is not my idea -- I saw something similar years ago (unfortunately I don't remember where or who came up with it).







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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Small collages

Waste not, want not. Using up the leftover scraps and slivers from my larger collages. When you make your own painted papers, it's hard to throw anything away...

Artist Trading Cards


 And a work in progress.






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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

There is so much wrong in the world at the moment, that we have to pull back, look for all that is right with the world....


...eat chocolate for lunch, and live to fight another day.

 Chocolate fudge cake by Dufflet is one of the good things in the world.





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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dog walking

I have become a dog walker for two people who live in my building. Not a bad little sideline because I love dogs. I grew up with an Alsatian, and I have a soft spot for mutts and rescue dogs.

These dogs, however, are small and didn't need rescuing, but no less lovable.

Two of them are bichons frisés, retired show dogs, a father and son, and very sweet.



The third one is a dachshund. He's a little guy who is very affectionate and, while we had a rocky start when he refused to walk, I dog-whispered him and now we're best friends.

The added bonus is that I get a lot of exercise.





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Monday, June 04, 2018

Paintings on the other side

 I'm always thrilled when I sell a painting, especially one of my larger canvasses, as they go very, very slowly. So much so that it's a shock when one sells.

This painting was the second in a series I made, that I called My Mother's Garden on the Other Side. I painted six of them, and I think my mother would be proud of me.

This one is going to Boston, one of my favourite cities where I spent some time.



Paint me grateful!


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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Collage

Not wanting to waste all the lovely leftover bits and slivers of  my painted papers, I made this. I think it might be my favourite.




 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Collage painting No. 2

I went at it again. Despite the time, planning, tearing, gluing... a lot of hours for one piece, but definitely worth it.

Black Coffee


 

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Collage painting - final

I finished this piece this morning. 
 

I learned a few things.

"Painting" with collage paper scraps and shapes is not for the faint-hearted.

It takes a lot of planning (in your head); 
cutting, trimming, tearing, shaping your painted papers; 
working out the positioning of various elements; 
a steady hand (all those tiny scraps); patience (a lot); and glue - a lot of glue. 
And that's only the half of it.



 

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

WIP Collage and more

Work in Progress

Since I'm in the collage zone these days, I thought I'd try "collage painting" - instead of using paint, you use scraps of painted papers. My papers were for cleaning my roller when making monoprints and I kept them because I liked them. Now I'm using them for this project. There's a lot more to do - we'll see how it turns out.







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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Collage city

 Collages, soon to be listed in my Etsy shop.

Sister Fidelma of the Unquiet 
(just listed in my Etsy shop)

 
 Fandango


  Ghosts


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Collage

On my table today, two collages in progress.




I've accumulated so much collage material that I'm forced to triage, use, and get rid of, piles of paper and scraps of all kinds. When I first started collage, I was so infatuated with it that I collected everything I could get my hands on, thinking that I would be doing this forever. But I'm also a painter and a stitcher, so I go for very long periods without working on any collages. It would take two lifetimes to use up all my supplies...

Meanwhile, I've put together a couple of collage packages in my Etsy shop here and here .

 


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Stitch

My cure for a barometric headache (apart from a dose of ibuprofen) is to stay out of the rain and do some stitching.


My sewing basket is out, and I'm adding more to this piece and ...


... putting the finishing touches on this one. I'm thinking cross-stitch around the centre.


 Meanwhile, hoping the sky with clear in time for walking my two dog clients :)




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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tags

A pause in Saturday chores (read cleaning up my work space) to make some tags.


 

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Resolution

 Dear blog friends,

Thank you for your comments and your good thoughts.

Yesterday's daffodils were like a message.

Thanks to a dear family member who worked on my behalf, the problem is now resolved, and in my favour. I'm relieved and grateful.



The other side to this past week of fear and uncertainly is that everything I've learned about myself - i.e., all the "work" I've done on myself - kicked in. I realized that the fear was an old one that rose to the surface and exaggerated everything; that one way or the other I would survive; that there is no shame in asking for help; that it was temporary.

"Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within me" -- Jennifer Wellwood




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